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„Citizens presently want all those corrupt to be punished. Citizens currently want the judges and prosecutors fulfill their obligations correctly and professionally,” Prime Minister Maia Sandu said at the opening of an event titled, Government’s priorities in justice and anticorruption sector, held at the Palace of the Republic today.    The roundtable, Government’s priorities in justice and anticorruption sector, is organized the Legal Resources Centre from Moldova, in partnership with the Moldovan cabinet on 22 and 23 July, with the public discussions held at the Palace of the Republic on 23 July.     Attending the event were two foreign experts in the justice and anticorruption field, Laura Stefan from Romania and Eka Zguladze from Georgia. The support provided by these experts with authority in the sector of fighting corruption is very important for Moldova’s government and for the firm agenda of the new governance to reform the justice sector, as well as to combat corruption and illegal schemes established in the past, especially by the previous governance, in all activity sectors.     The participants in the today’s event initiated the first domestic consultations between the government and the civil society on ensuring the independence of justice. “An urgent priority of the new government is the justice reform, so that the political control over the judicial system be completely removed, prosecutors cease fulfilling political orders and judges work in the national interest and protect the honest citizens. Because of the lack of an independent justice in the last years, the citizens lost their confidence in the state. The politically controlled justice became the principal obstacle to Moldova’s development. We should re-establish the trust of citizens, foreign partners and investors in Moldova,” PM Maia Sandu said at the consultations meeting today.      A public discussion on government’s priorities in the justice and anticorruption field will be held on 23 July. Representatives of judicial system, Supreme Court of Justice, courts of appeal, courts, prosecutor’s office, Superior Council of Prosecutors, Prosecutor General’s Office, specialized prosecutor’s offices and territorial ones, lawyers, as well as representatives of parliament, presidency, civil society and development partners were invited to the event.      The tomorrow’s public discussion could be watched live on the webpage www.privesc.eu, as well as on the government’s webpage.   The events from 22 and 23 July are organized within the project, Institutional support for development of organization, implemented by the Legal Resources Centre from Moldova and financed by Sweden. 
More than 2 days ago
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Prime Minister, Maia Sandu, and deputy President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Alain Pilloux, have had a Government meeting on Thursday 18 July. The aim of the meeting was to prioritise the cooperation of Moldova and EBRD on the projects that could be implemented in the future.   In this context, Maia Sandu has reviewed the priorities set by the Government which she leads and on which it is made maximum effort. Thus, the consolidation of the rule of law and the reorganisation of institutions, based on the principle of integrity, institutional efficiency, aiming at putting them at the service of citizens, promoting free competition in order to improve business environment and investment climate, especially for business small and medium – sized businesses, as well as the development of road infrastructure. In this context, Maia Sandu has referred to necessary actions to ensure the energy independence of Moldova, but also diversify sources of gas supply.   Deputy head of EBRD, Alain Pilloux, has appreciated the determination of Government of Maia Sandu to implement real reforms for the benefit of citizens and, most importantly, based on the principle of integrity. On it, the official expressed the opening of the EBRD to support projects aimed at raising living standards in Moldova by implementing projects in various fields, such as energy security, private sector and banking development, as well as the implementation of electronic procurement system.   The parties confirmed their interest in developing the strategic partnership, emphasising the importance of implementing joint projects in most efficient way. PM Maia Sandu said that the support of EBRD and expertise are very significant for Moldova.   At the meeting end, EBRD deputy President has launched an invitation to PM Maia Sandu to participate in an international investment forum to be held in London in November 2019.
18 July 2019
18:00
Prime Minister, Maia Sandu, and the new Government have had a meeting with EU ambassadors accredited in Moldova on Thursday, 18 July. The Prime Minister told diplomats about recent activities and list of Government priorities, but also about the results of recent visits to Kiev and Berlin.   During the meeting, the Premier thanked for the given support and assured the representatives of diplomatic missions accredited in Chisinau that the reform agenda would continue to be implemented at a higher rythm, mentioning the priorities of existing Government in the short term. "We set out to fight corruption, restore credibility in state institutions, rectify budget, take social actions, increase the level of social protection and other important areas," said Maia Sandu. Also, PM has also highlighted the long – term priorities of Government related to institutional reforms.   The head of the executive has also talked about improving business conditions of entrepreneurs, eliminating abuse of low – income business persons, and remains a direction in which work will be done intensively.   The ministers of Sandu Government have exposed themselves to challenges they have faced today. These include the lack of specialists in various fields, such as education and healthcare, especially due to emigration abroad.   The representatives of diplomatic missions accredited in Chisinau have welcomed the decision and determination with which the executive committed to implement the reforms and said they would continue to support Moldova. "We are here to support you in the actions you take. We want to see Moldova a developed country, and the citizens to have a better future," said EU Ambassador to Moldova, Peter Michalko.
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Prime Minister Maia Sandu today congratulated the state’s institutions which had managed to persuade the European Commission, European Union to disburse the first 14.54 million euros, and the foreign financing was unblocked for Moldova in this way. Maia Sandu described the success as a first victory of this cabinet, achieved in a bit more than one month of work.   „Let’s make clear for everybody: it is about grant, donation. This money is not refundable and from now on, we have to work even more; all those who have to implement reforms should persuade the foreign partners, as well as the citizens that we are serious when we speak about commitments, so that we get the entire sum scheduled on behalf of the foreign partners and especially on behalf of EU,” the prime minister said in the beginning of the cabinet meeting.      At the same time, the Prime Minister drew the attention of the Moldovan Trade Unions Confederation (CNSM) to the fact that there were suspicions of robbing of the Confederation’s properties. Maia Sandu noted that it was about an organized  crime ring which tries to illegally privatize a sanatorium from the Truskavets town, as well as the sanatorium Zolotaya Niva from the Serhiivka settlement, Ukraine.   „They are not owned by the state, but by the Confederation. And in the situation when the Prosecutor General’s Office is sleeping in continuation and does not react to this information, does not undertake anything, I think that the Confederation must take all measures, assemble at a meeting and cease these abuses against Moldova’s citizens,” Maia Sandu stressed.      In the context, Interior Minister Andrei Nastase urged the leadership of the National Trade Unions Confederation to appeal to the Interior Ministry with all evidence available, so that the law-enforcers stop these unlawful acts, within their competences. 
16 July 2019
21:00
Prime Minister Maia Sandu had a meeting with the leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) of Germany Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer in Berlin today. The two officials tackled the present political situation in Moldova and priority actions due to be undertaken in the nearest time.   In the context, the Moldovan PM thanked the German side for the support provided on the period of the transition of power in Chisinau. Sandu referred to the main goals of the cabinet, noting that the foreign support for Moldova was more important than ever at present.   “We are determined to succeed, to implement reforms, to contribute to the growth of the economy for the well-being of the citizens,” Prime Minister Maia Sandu said.   The PM thanked for the constant support provided by Germany to Moldova, stressing that the implementation of the reforms in the justice sector, fighting corruption and the well-being of the citizens represent the foremost priorities of the government.        For her part, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer reiterated CDU’s position to back the new cabinet, emphasizing that Maia Sandu was a source of inspiration for the women from the European politics.     In this respect, the CDU leader reconfirmed willingness to support Moldova in the promotion of reforms and to share from Germany’s experience in the edification of the democratic structures.  
15 July 2019
10:00
Prime Minister, Maia Sandu, has had a meeting with representatives of mediators and observers in negotiation format 3+2 on Friday, 12 July. The talks focused on assessment of current stage of the Transnistrian settlement process.   "There are more issues that we need to provide citizens with, and one of most important is the goal of the Transnistrian settlement negotiations. On the one hand, the purpose of format 5+2 is the political settlement of conflict based upon sovereignty and territorial integrity of Moldova; on the other hand, Tiraspol continues to plead for independence. What, however, is the terminus of the negotiations in this format, established to ensure the territorial reintegration of Moldova, when these two objectives are mutually exclusive? In support of which objective are the understandings reached so far in this format, including the policy of small steps?", asked Premier.   "All these years, Chisinau has been opened to Tiraspol: the latter was accepted as part of negotiation process, inhabitants of the left bank of Dniester were assured free movement, including crossing state border, persons benefited from more projects, and Transnistrian region benefited from the same free trade areas as the right bank. However, we are not closer to the political solution. Moreover, some Moldovan citizens, including officials and civil servants, do not have the right to departure freely on the left bank," said Prime Minister.   Maia Sandu requested assistance from format 3+2 representatives in determining the Transnistrian party to eliminate in upcoming future the ban on departure to the left bank for all citizens of Moldova.   Prime Minister stressed that format 5+2 of the Transnistrian settlement should become a platform to help fight corruption and smuggling. "We have also discussed this in Kiev and I am glad that we have the same position in relation to it. The fight against corruption and smuggling in the Transnistrian region must be a priority. We shall ensure that both state institutions and government officials will no longer be involved in corruption and smuggling schemes with Tiraspol, as happened in the past. As long as the Transnistrian region is a major source of illegal enrichment for some persons, it will be no real progress in identifying a political solution," said Maia Sandu. In this context, she mentioned the need to prolong the EU Border Assistance Mission to Moldova and Ukraine (EUBAM).   The head of OSCE Mission to Moldova, Claus Neukirch,  reiterated that securing the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Moldova, with a special status for the Transnistrian region, is the key factor in the work of mission, but also the main goal of talks in format 5+2. "With small steps, but we advance on this dimension. We want Chisinau and Tiraspol to maintain a continuous dialogue", said the European official.
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Prime Minister, Maia Sandu, and U.S. Under Secretary of State, David Hale, have discussed in Chisinau municipality on Saturday, 13 July, the prospects of Moldovan – American strategic dialogue and developments in cooperation of two states. The officials have expressed their confidence that maintenance of permanent communication and continued transfer of best democratic practices by the United States of America to Moldova implies an upward dynamic in Moldovan – American relations.   The head of Executive has expressed gratitude to the United States of America for the constant support given to Moldova and hope that the USA will continue to be with Moldova. "Today, more than ever, we need the support of the USA in the fight against corruption, money laundering, regional smuggling and monopolies. The existing Government, unlike ex – Government, has the political will to stop all these wrong deeds and illegal schemes. On it, we greatly rely on cooperation with the U.S. Government in law enforcement, fight against corruption and justice sector," said Prime Minister.   At his turn, U.S. Under Secretary of State, David Hale, has appreciated the the efforts of Government in implementing reforms, benefits of which will be felt directly by citizens. David Hale has reconfirmed the U.S. support for modernisation programmes of Moldova.
11 July 2019
20:30
Mr President Zelensky,   I am honored to be here, in Kyiv, the capital of a European nation which showed so much courage, strength and resilience in its fight for freedom and independence. We in Moldova fully support Ukraine’s territorial integrity, and I pay my deepest respect and honor to the Ukrainians who sacrificed their lives to defend their country, its sovereignty and its future as a European nation.   President Zelensky and I discussed three sets of issues today: regional security and European integration as a shared goal for Moldova and Ukraine, our bilateral agenda and our efforts to build functional institutions for citizens of our countries.   First and foremost, Moldova regards strategic partnership with Ukraine as an important pillar of its own security. European integration and the implementation of the Association Agreement with the European Union are our key shared goals with Ukraine.   A few weeks ago, Moldova was still run from the shadows by an oligarch who captured all state institutions and exploited Moldova as his personal fiefdom. He has turned Moldova into a grey area rife with smuggling and money laundering, which threatened economic and border security of Moldova’s two neighbors and strategic partners – Romania and Ukraine. This will stop now and Moldova will become a reliable, predictable partner for Ukraine.   Second, my government wants to strengthen Moldova’s bilateral relations with Ukraine. We want stronger collaboration with Ukraine in the economic and energy sectors. We will seek to establish permanent and fully functional joint border controls in order to genuinely secure our borders against crime and smuggling. We need a strong partnership to improve the ecological situation on the Dniester river and resolve other bilateral issues. I am confident that we will be able to find solutions in the interest of our citizens and our joint European agenda.   Finally, domestic reforms. I would have liked to come to Kyiv to discuss simpler things with you, Mr President, such as bilateral trade and economic growth. Unfortunately, our challenges today are of a different order of magnitude. Moldova’s key problem today are dysfunctional institutions. My country urgently needs major domestic transformation.   In today’s world, the saying that a closed society inevitably becomes backward and weak has become an established truth. But a closed society also becomes oppressive and corrupt. Development in the modern world is built on three pillars - functional institutions, technologies and flourishing human capital. The government that we are building must serve Moldova’s citizens, enforce respect for human rights and provide opportunities to pursue one’s calling in life, not engage in state-sponsored smuggling, money laundering and mugging of state-owned enterprises.    Patriotism is not lofty words which simply hide naked self-interest, personal enrichment and control over everyone and everything. Patriotism is when you build, through hard work and sacrifice, the institutions that will last, will make your country stronger and will earn the confidence of the people.   For Moldova today there is no other choice. We must build an open society which will convince our people that the state works for them. We must encourage and promote our most talented people, our business community, not use the police and the prosecutor’s office to take away the businesses they have been building for years because corrupt officials want the revenues that these businesses generate.   After many years of misrule and corruption, we put an end to an oppressive regime which was despised by the absolute majority of Moldova’s citizens. Fortunately, for Moldova that period is over.   The Ukrainian people have always stood up against oppression. We in Moldova share the same values. We are a free people. We value human dignity. And we value human life and fundamental human rights. And we, too, will do all we can to uphold them.   Thank you
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The most important drafts approved at the cabinet meeting from 10 July 2019.   *    A three-per cent indexation, starting from 1 April 2019, of the daily allowances for children with status of child who temporarily remained without parental care, are placed in one of social services and are involved in an education institution starting from the fifth form till the age of 18 years. The indexation is made depending on the annual increase of the consumer prices index for the year before and will represent 11 lei – on usual days, 103 lei – on the birthday and 73 lei – on holidays (Christmas, New Year, Easter and 1 June). The annual sum per one child will stand at 4,410 lei. The means will be transferred from the state budget to the second-level local budgets.         *    Increase, beginning with 1 July 2019, of the one-off childbirth allowance up to 7,911 lei by the value of the set of assets tendered, i.e. by 1,608 lei. The estimative cost for the project’s implementation is 29,585 thousand lei, of which 29,265.6 thousand lei for increasing the one-off childbirth allowance, 246.2 thousand lei spending for distribution, 73.2 thousand lei for the commission tax. The calculation was carried out proceeding from the number of children, forecast for the second semester of 2019 – 18,200 children, according to the information provided by the National Social Insurances House (CNAS).        *    Giving right to the monthly allocation worth 500 lei to the beneficiaries of merit allowances, who were awarded the Order of the Republic, citizens of Moldova, with residence in Moldova, who benefit from pensions or state social allocations on behalf of other countries. At present, 22 persons out of those 200 beneficiaries of the merit allowance are awarded with the Order of the Republic. Respectively, the implementation of the amendments made represent the distribution of about 110,000 lei for the ten months of 2019, additionally from the state budget.     *    Approval of the list of competent authorities in the sector of cooperation regarding the cross-border infringements in the field of consumers’ protection and the framework of regulation used by them, and namely: Agency for Consumers’ Protection and Market Supervision (single liaison office in the cooperation sector as regards the cross-border infringements in the consumers’ protection field); - Civil Aviation Authority; - Audiovisual Council; ANRCETI (National Regulatory Agency for Electronic Communications and Information Technology); - National Centre for Personal Data Protection; - National Public Health Agency.          *    Approval of the draft law on the ratification of the agreement between the governments of Moldova and Canada on the mutual promotion and protection of investments, signed in Ottawa on 12 June 2018. The concerned treaty will contribute to ensuring the protection and promoting of investments between the two states, boosting the Moldovan-Canadian trade relations in fields of mutual interest, as well as in the political, social and cultural fields.        *    Setting up, in the Balti city, of a commemorative work of war in the memory of the heroes who died in performance of duty for the defence of Moldova’s territorial integrity and independence. The spending needed will be covered from donations and sponsorships.    
10 July 2019
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Prime Minister Maia Sandu, in the beginning of  a today’s cabinet meeting, asked the Education, Culture and Research Ministry to make a petition to the Finance Ministry and Economics and Infrastructure Ministry, in order to carry out a financial and technical revision within the Chisinau National Arena project. Subsequently, law-enforcement bodies will investigate the people involved in the implementation of this project. The PM informed that, following the analyses carried out, the way of assessing the project’s costs was not clear.      ,,This project was thought out as a scheme which is to eventually lead to the taking over by certain interest groups of the asset and of the ground allocated for this project. An impression is created that the sum of 43 million euros, evaluated for this project, was taken from nowhere. Justifying documents for clearing up how they got to this sum have not been found, at least so far. During time, things have changed and now the cost of this project is of 44.5 million euros. The risks, in this case, are obviously that the real cost is lower than what the state is spending for this project,” the prime minister said.      Also, the Prime Minister noted that the ground allocated for the National Arena represented 69.2 hectares, in the situation when the concerned construction occupied only ten hectares. Maia Sandu specified that the state had lost 90 million lei alone from non-inclusion in the project of the costs for changing the ground’s purpose from the agricultural field into a ground for constructions. At the same time, Maia Sandu also said that the there were questions as to the synchronization of the operations of signing and publication in the Official Journal of the law which allowed this contract to be signed. In the context, the law established that the object National Arena can be taken over by the private partner to offset the debts. Also, under the contract, Arena’s guarantee term is of only one year.       At the meeting, Maia Sandu also said that, during 2015-2019, the value of the goods imported by the duty-free entities had stood at 2.8 billion lei and 75 per cent of the goods sold were illegally imported to Moldova. The PM noted that the document on the fiscal evasions, unlawful acts and abuses found out in the work of the duty-free shops would be made public.      At the same time, Maia Sandu reiterated that the public sector employees trying to abuse the public money would be sanctioned.
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Moldova’s authorities have successfully completed the negotiations held with the experts team of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), led by Ruben Atoyan, in the context of the fourth and fifth assessment of the economic programme backed by IMF. As a result, Moldova this year will benefit from 46.5 million dollars for a string of measures for the economic growth and improvement of the living standards of the Moldovan citizens. At the same time, the sides approved the extension of the programme with IMF till March 2020. Prime Minister Maia Sandu made statements to this effect at a news conference today.   „You know that the programme was suspended because of inadequate decisions by the former cabinet, especially those regarding the fiscal amnesty, as well as other ones, which unbalanced Moldova’s budget. We agreed on concrete decisions and measures, which would re-balance the budget and which would allow all important expenses dealing with the payment of salaries, the spending especially for the socially vulnerable segments be paid, so that there are enough revenues and, obviously, the most important thing is our possibility to get grants, foreign financing on behalf of the European Union worth 1.368 billion lei. This is the money we bring to Moldova’s budget, due to the fact that we are a responsible team, which managed to win the trust of foreign financers,” Prime Minister Maia Sandu said.      The financial means will be used for maintaining the pace of reforms’ implementation, protect the priority spending for reducing poverty, as well as undertake decisive measures to fight corruption. 
9 July 2019
9:30
Prime Minister, Maia Sandu, had a meeting with Jürgen Hardt, the CDU/CSU Group spokesman and foreign policy expert, on Monday, 08 July.   The officials exchanged views on political developments in Moldova. During the meeting, the Prime Minister appreciated the continued support offered to Moldova by German authorities and reiterated the intention of the Government in Chisinau to improve bilateral relations with the European partners. Maia Sandu assured that the main tasks of Executive remain the fight against corruption, strengthening state institutions and improving the quality of lives of citizens in general.   At his turn, Jürgen Hardt, noted positive developments in Moldova and confirmed the willingness of German authorities to continue to provide support and technical assistance to Moldova in the implementation of long – lasting real reforms.
8 July 2019
14:30
The Government of the United States, acting through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), will increase by 29 million dollars the financing for the democratic governance and economic growth in Moldova. Prime Minister Maia Sandu and Assistant Administrator for USAID's Bureau for Europe and Eurasia Brock Bierman signed two confirmation letters to this end today.   The financing scheduled for democratic governance will facilitate the creation of functional institutions and citizens’ involvement in taking decisions, will promote the optimization and transparency of the local administrations, will improve the access to municipal services and will promote the decentralization and the judicial reforms. Other key sectors are creation of friendly conditions for the civil society and mass media organizations.     The financing meant to contribute to the economic growth will promote an export-oriented economy, enhancement of competitiveness, creation of jobs and diversification of energy sources.      Prime Minister Maia Sandu praised the firm support of the U.S. Government for Moldova’s citizens. She noted that the cabinet would focus on the creation of functional institutions which fight against corruption, in order to improve the Moldovan citizens’ living standards. “We know that you trust the market economy and therefore, we learn from you how a truthful, competitive, with true competition market economy should be edified. We, just as the U.S. Government, are attached to the transparency of the decision-making process, to the freedom of the media, to the civil society’s participation in the decision-making process and independence of the local public authorities. We assure you that we will do our utmost for this support to be used as efficiently, transparently, correctly as possible, in the interest of all citizens of the country,” the prime minister said at a news conference.      For his part, Assistant Administrator for USAID's Bureau for Europe and Eurasia Brock Bierman described the bilateral relations between Moldova and the USA as strong and productive. “The signing of these letters increase the financial support provided to Moldova to more than 96 million dollars since 2016. We have a long and valuable history of cooperation and we are willing to work with you in continuation. We are looking forward to the successful implementation of the projects and we will be here to back Moldova,” the official added.
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Prime Minister Maia Sandu and the cabinet of ministers today participated in an event on commemoration of the Stalinist deportations’ victims. The 70th anniversary of the biggest wave of deportations is marked on 6 July 2019. In the presence of the officials, the state flag was flown at half-staff outside the government building. Subsequently, the governmental team laid flowers at the monument, The Grief Train, on the square of the Chisinau railway station, erected in the memory of the victims of Stalinist regime’s deportations.   At the event, the prime minister said that the trauma of the deported families was the trauma of our whole people and it is important that these people are not forgotten. “While remembering them, we keep their names alive, we learn their values and these values make us act with dignity and love for people. Namely these values should guide the political leaders and the statesmen in their work. You, those who stayed righteously, with dignity, facing the injustices, represent a model for us – one of resistance and courage and especially of kindness.”        At the same time, Prime Minister Maia Sandu noted that the deported people had represented the elite of our people and, despite the tragic circumstances, they preserved their dignity and moral values, which were further conveyed to children. “We must be proud of the strength of our parents and grandparents, who remained pillars of kindness, correctness, decency and they managed, even if they lived in inhuman conditions, to convey these convictions and behaviors to their descendants. There is no family in Moldova which was not hit by this tragedy,” Maia Sandu said.        Maia Sandu also said that the current governance would initiate procedures of amending the law, in order to provide the deportees with rehabilitation certificates, including to the children born in places of deportation.   Attending the commemoration event were Interior Minister Andrei Nastase, Education, Culture and Research Minister Liliana Nicolescu-Onofrei and Finance Minister Natalia Gavrilita.   The victims of Stalinist deportations are yearly commemorated on 6 July, which is declared national mourning day. Known with the name IUG (South – in Russian), the deportations from 5-6 July 1949 represent the second and the biggest wave of deportations.
5 July 2019
17:30
I have ruled to hold this news briefing, as what is happening is quite serious and urgent. I want to put it quite clearly – there is no Prosecutor’ General’s Office in Moldova at present! I.e., it exists formally; yet, in reality, it does not work.      You saw at the 4 July news conference how clumsy Harunjen and Betisor were looking, trying to prove that they fulfill their task. They were saying that they   investigated the one-billion-dollar theft and that finality would be achieved soon. This is wrong. They have had enough time to prove that they fulfill their job duties; yet, they have lamentably failed. The one-billion-dollar theft, as well as other files with high impact mark time.     I have a message to those 660 prosecutors from Moldova.   Just start behaving as true prosecutors. Do not stay hidden in offices until the leadership is changed. The leadership will change for sure. Moreover, Eduard Harunjen will be called to account under the law for the inaction and abuses committed. And also for the fact that, as a result of his actions and inactions, billions and billions of lei has been stolen from the state and the citizens of Moldova.     You are 660 prosecutors, who might enforce the law immediately, become independent, just as the law stipulates, start working only in the national interest. And the national interest has been quite strong hit on the last period. It is not a secret for anybody on who, how and when caused damages to the state, endangered the security of our country, stole from citizens. You have this information. And we have it too. Every day, I receive information on corruption schemes and abuses. This information is secret; yet, we started the process of disclosure. It is your responsibility to make sure that the state is not stolen in continuation. We have no right either to open criminal files or instrument them. Yet, you can investigate all these cases and can present us information about all perpetrators. Send them to court, as well as explain us why the bank fraud and many other criminal actions have not been investigated till present. This is your duty. And not only the duty, but also the obligation. The legal and moral obligation.         You do not have much time. Each day when you do nothing is a lost day for the country and citizens. Each day of you staying silent in offices is a day on which thieves and criminals hide the stolen money and properties from the citizens and the state, a day on which these criminals are looking for ways of rescue. These days are on your responsibility.      You are 660 prosecutors and I want to believe that many of you are different from Harunjen and from those staying on the brink when the country was led to abyss. This is your country as well. Here your children will be brought up, here your parents are. Do they like to be stolen and nobody is defending them? Do you like to know that your families have been stolen and nobody have protected them?   You are 660 prosecutors. And if you enforce the law, do not fulfill the illegal instructions by Harunjen and Betisor, become independent, I assure you that the country will be by your side. Nobody asks you anything else but to be prosecutors. Nobody asks you anything else but to enforce the law; in this way, tol protect the citizens and the state. We everybody ask you to get rid of an irrational fear, to act resolutely towards those who endanger the Republic of Moldova. Only in this way, you will deserve the name of prosecutors.     
4 July 2019
15:30
Prime Minister Maia Sandu and European Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström in Brussels today discussed the latest commercial developments recorded within the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area Agreement (DCFTA).   The main goal of the meeting was to assess the reforms in the economic sector, including the strengthening of the free trade area between EU and Moldova. The officials highlighted that, in only five years of implementation of DCFTA, the exports to EU had witnessed a positive tendency, with the European Union’s market representing about 70 per cent of Moldova’s overall exports. At the same time, in 2018, the imports from EU stood at about 50 per cent, thus the European community becoming the principal trade partner of Moldova.      Also, during the discussions, the officials set the priorities for the next period, in order to fully benefit from the potential provided by DCFTA. In this respect, the sides ruled to continue the dialogue on revising the tariff contingents, making progress in terms of the sanitary and phyto-sanitary regime (SPS), as well as extending the right to export for a wider range of Moldovan animal origin goods on the European market, as well as the number of native companies with potential of export to EU.     For her part, Commissioner Cecilia Malmström reiterated the European Union’s willingness to provide financial support for the achievement of the goals taken by Moldova within DCFTA.   It is worth mentioning that PM Maia Sandu is on an official visit to Brussels. On 3 July, she had officials meetings with European Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn, European Council President Donald Tusk, Vice President of the European Commission Maroš Šefčovič, Director-General for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Christian Danielsson and NATO Secretary General  Jens Stoltenberg.       The principal subject of the discussion between Prime Minister Maia Sandu and Director-General for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Christian Danielsson was focused on the needed conditions and steps due to be undertaken for the unlocking of the financial assistance. The officials also discussed the sectoral cooperation in terms of assistance seen for Moldova. Christian Danielsson showed clear support to provide Moldova with needed assistance to promote the agenda of pro-European reforms and emphasized the new Moldovan cabinet’s political will to implement the reforms for the benefit of the citizens. PM Maia Sandu stressed the importance of the European Union’s assistance to bring back to normal the process of reforms provided for in the European agenda.        The meeting between Prime Minister Maia Sandu and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg was focused on the process of Moldova’s transformation from a grey area between East and West, created by the former regime through corruption schemes and money laundering, into a democratic state which ensures the security of its citizens and stability in the region.       PM Maia Sandu noted that Moldova had benefited from the programmes and mechanisms of cooperation with NATO, especially as regards the reformation of the defence sector. “Moldova appreciates and values the productive and extremely useful dialogue, as well as the cooperation between NATO and Moldova. We are interested in the expertise, experience and support of NATO for the implementation of the democratic reforms and modernization of the national defence sector, in order to cope with the challenges of the current world,” Maia Sandu added.       At the meeting, the sides also discussed the continuing of the support provided by NATO through the Partnership for Peace Support Fund and Science for Peace and Security Programme, especially in such sectors and destruction of pesticides, development of capacities of cyber defence and information security, protection against chemical, biological weapons and many other non-military projects for the benefit of Moldova’s citizens.       The meetings ended with discussions between Prime Minister Maia Sandu and. European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs Pierre Moscovici. The main subject of the meeting was the re-opening of the process of Moldova’s financing after the necessary conditions are fulfilled. “We need the support of the European partners and we will do our utmost in order to implement the institutional reforms as quickly as possible, based on the Association Agreement.” 
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In Brussels, Prime Minister, Maia Sandu, had a meeting with Moldovan citizens in Belgium on the evening of Wednesday, 03 July. The talks were optimistic about investiture of a pro – European Government in Chisinau municipality, which has the liability and obligation to advance the European agenda and bring the level of life in Moldova closer to European one.   The Moldovan citizens came up with proposals to engage and use the experience and professionalism of the ones in Diaspora, including creating a dedicated platform where they can provide support and participate in preparation and implementation of more projects. The talks, which lasted nearly 03 hours, also focused on specific themes from specific fields – judicial reforms, energy projects, creating terms for increasing foreign investment, and fighting tax evasion.   Prime Minister Maia Sandu assured the Moldovan citizens present at the meeting on full willingness of new Government to work with Diaspora upon implementation of projects and use the support of Moldovan citizens. "I call you home. I invite you to come to Chisinau and participate in contests for various public functions. The next essential step after cleaning the state institutions is bringing in professionals in key positions. And you are those ones.", specified Maia Sandu.   In this context, it was mentioned the project launched by civil society plus373, by means of which the initiative group proposed to gather a managerial talent database that might be used by the Government in Chisinau municipality for vital state positions,. The Government led by Maia Sandu supports this initiative and it will use all the support it offers.
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Also in Brussels today, Prime Minister Maia Sandu had a meeting with Vice-President of the European Commission Maroš Šefčovič, during which the officials discussed aspects of cooperation in the energy security sector, which is one of the priority subjects of the current government.       Other subjects of strategic importance tackled were focused on the development of inter-connections with EU, with emphasis on the completion of the construction and full putting into operation of the gas pipeline Iasi-Ungheni-Chisinau. At the same time, the sides reiterated also the importance to finish the project which would ensure the supply of gas in inverted flow regime through the Trans-Balkan corridor. Also, the officials stressed the importance of the inter-connection of high-voltage transmission lines to the EU market, through Romania, as well as the stage of implementation of the commitments assumed, on the sectoral dimension of the Association Agreement.     For his part, Vice-President of the European Commission Maroš Šefčovič expressed full willingness to support Moldova in its efforts of modernizing the energy sector and integrate into the regional system.  
3 July 2019
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Prime Minister Maia Sandu, during an official visit to Brussels on 3-4 July, today had a meeting with President of the European Council Donald Tusk. The event was focused on notifying the high European official about the new cabinet’s firmness to advance on the European integration’s way.   In the beginning of the meeting, the Prime Minister informed about the new government’s priorities and commitments to observe the fundamental rights of the citizens, strengthen the democratic principles through firm actions of fighting corruption schemes, cleaning the institutions, de-monopolization, ensuring transparency and a truthful market economy.     The prime minister reiterated the cabinet’s priority to re-launch the partnership with EU, through the implementation of the commitments from the Moldova-EU Association Agreement.     For his part, President of the European Council Donald Tusk congratulated Moldova for the peaceful transition of power and wished the Prime Minister success in the difficult task to re-bring the country to the irreversible way of implementing reforms for the benefit of the citizens. According to the official, there is willingness in the EU institutions and member states to back Moldova in the reforms’ programme.   Also in Brussels today, Prime Minister Maia Sandu had a meeting with Vice- President of the European Commission Maroš Šefčovič, during which the officials discussed aspects of cooperation in the energy security sector, which is one of the priority subjects of the current government.       Other subjects of strategic importance tackled were focused on the development of inter-connections with EU, with emphasis on the completion of the construction and full putting into operation of the gas pipeline Iasi-Ungheni-Chisinau. At the same time, the sides reiterated also the importance to finish the project which would ensure the supply of gas in inverted flow regime through the Trans-Balkan corridor. Also, the officials stressed the importance of the inter-connection of high-voltage transmission lines to the EU market, through Romania, as well as the stage of implementation of the commitments assumed, on the sectoral dimension of the Association Agreement.     For his part, Vice-President of the European Commission Maroš Šefčovič expressed full willingness to support Moldova in its efforts of modernizing the energy sector and integrate into the regional system.  
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The possibilities for strengthening the high – level dialogue of Moldova and EU, launched in Chisinau a few weeks ago, have been discussed on Wednesday, 03 July, by Prime Minister, Maia Sandu, paying an official visit to Brussels, and the European Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Negotiations for Enlargement, Johannes Hahn.   Prime Minister Maia Sandu has informed the EU official about recent political developments in Moldova, as well as the undertaken actions by Government and Parliament to advance the reform agenda. Maia Sandu has specified that the current Government aims to rebuild democratic institutions and restore confidence of citizens in their own state, these things being possible by: investigating abuses and irregularities of ex – Government, creating a justice based on integrity and public confidence, promoting professionals in key positions as well as fulfillment of terms of Association Agreement with EU.   Also, during the meeting, there have been referred upon issues of cooperation on assistance programmes with EU, as well as the possibilities for deepening the bilateral cooperation throughout the platform of Eastern Partnership, which celebrates this year 10 years since its establishment. "The Government in Chisinau has undertaken to implement comprehensive reforms and build institutions that are in the interest of citizens of Moldova. We will only succeed with your essential support. One day Moldova will be ready for Europe. One day we shall knock firmly at the EU door as to regain our place in the European family of nations," said PM Maia Sandu.   At his turn, Commissioner Hahn has welcomed the actions of Government in advancing reforms. The official has noted that EU is paying more attention to developments in Moldova and that it wants to anchor Moldova on irreversible path of reforms.   Similarly, Johannes Hann has said that it will be identified concrete support measures for Moldova based upon firm commitment to implement the provisions of EU – Moldova Association Agreement.  
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The official visit of Prime Minister, Maia Sandu, to Romania continued on Tuesday, 02 July, by a meeting with Romanian Prime Minister, Calin Popescu Tariceanu, and head of the Chamber of MPs, Ion – Marcel Ciolacu.   The representatives of Chisinau delegation expressed the hope that it would be set a parliamentary platform as to promote the interests of citizens of Romania and Moldova. PM Maia Sandu stressed the need for constant and disinterested support from Romanian authorities for citizens of Moldova.   The talks of the Moldovan delegation continued with head of PNL, Ludovic Orban, and head of USR, Dan Barna. PNL and USR assured that they would continue to be friends of Moldova in Romanian Parliament and in European Parliament and promote the interests of Moldovan citizens and pro – European agenda of the Government in Chisinau.   There also took part in the delegation of Moldova: deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Internal Affairs, Andrei Nastase, Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration, Nicu Popescu, MPs Iurie Renita, Sergiu Litvinenco, Ion Ceban and adviser of PM, Vlad Kulminski.   Prime Minister Maia Sandu pays the next official visit to Brussels today, where she will meet the senior European officials.
2 July 2019
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Prime Minister Maia Sandu and Prime Minister of Romania Viorica Dancila, at a today’s meeting, exchanged opinions on the synchronization of joint actions, in order to provide more substance to the development of the Strategic European Partnership between Moldova and Romania.   Prime Minister Maia Sandu expressed thanks for the congratulatory message by Prime Minister Viorica Dancila, conveyed on the occasion of the new cabinet’s swearing in office, as well as for the messages of support received on a difficult period for Moldova.      At the meeting, the officials reiterated interest in the deepening of the Moldovan-Romanian institutional cooperation in diverse sectors, especially on the segment of economic and social projects, for maintaining the format of joint government meetings, as well as for the promotion of partnerships through twinning, at the level of local public administration. “I think that this form of cooperation is successful and is worth being backed by both governments. We need Romania’s support to strengthen the capacities of the local, as well as the central public administration from Moldova,” the Moldovan Prime Minister said.       One of the subjects of strategic importance tackled regarded the implementation of joint projects in the energy sector, with emphasis on the completion of the construction and full putting into operation of the gas pipeline Iasi-Ungheni-Chisinau. Also, the sides stressed the importance of the interconnection of the high-tension electricity lines, as well as the building of the Union Highway and the bridge across the Prut river in the Ungheni city region.       Another priority discussed at the meeting was focused on increasing the trade exchanges and mutual investments. In the context, Prime Minister Maia Sandu welcomed the presence of the business environment from Romania in Moldova’s economic life and encouraged companies from Romania to increase investments in Moldova.      For her part, Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dancila expressed the Romanian cabinet’s full willingness for an excellent cooperation with Prime Minister Maia Sandu and the new Moldovan governmental team, in the spirit of the bilateral strategic partnership.       „Romania will remain the sincerest supporter of Moldova on the European path. I assured that we will permanently act inside the European consensus to increase the benefits of the European Union’s external actions in Moldova. We are ready to back the unlocking of the financial assistance provided by the European Union to Moldova and to provide expertise at the bilateral level in more sectors, taking into account the experience gained by Romania in the context of holding the Presidency of the European Union’s Council,” Prime Minister Viorica Dancila said.         At the same time, according to the Romanian PM, during the meeting, the officials identified the fields of immediate interest, on which the sides will focus on the next period. Thus, the two governments will start acting within an inter-governmental working group and are to analyze which of the projects underway need immediate attention.  
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Prime Minister Maia Sandu pays her first official visit, at the bilateral level, to Romania in her capacity of Prime Minister, at an invitation by Romanian President Klaus Iohannis.      The social and economic situation in Moldova and the actions the Moldovan cabinet is to undertake on the immediately next period, in order to efficiently meet the expectations of the citizens and the foreign partners, were discussed by Prime Minister Maia Sandu and President Klaus Iohannis today.   At the meeting, Prime Minister Maia Sandu asked for support and assistance on behalf of Romania, including through high-level counseling. “We need the support of our friends from Romania, especially as not only common economic interests connect us, but also a joint historical, cultural and value-related foundation,” Maia Sandu said. In the context, the Moldovan PM noted that the cabinet was willing to develop joint projects with Romania and showed openness for Romanian investment initiatives.       Also, Prime Minister Maia Sandu reiterated interest in a string of common actions and initiatives, such as the continuation of programmes on the restoration of schools and kindergartens, development of projects in the environmental protection sector, supply of residents from rural regions with water and sewerage systems, energy interconnection, infrastructure. “The full carrying out of these projects will strengthen even more the citizens’ trust in the viability of the Strategic Partnership between Moldova and Romania,” Sandu added.      Romanian President Klaus Iohannis displayed support for the overcoming of the political crisis and welcomed the peaceful transition of the power to the cabinet led by Maia Sandu. Also, the Romanian head of state reiterated that Moldova had Romania’s every support for the promotion of the agenda of pro-European reforms and for the advancement of the bilateral strategic partnership for Moldova’s European integration. President Iohannis also informed about Romania’s clear-cut support for providing Moldova with assistance meant for the consolidation of the institutions from the country, as well as to continue the bilateral projects underway, especially the strategic ones of energy inter-connection. “Romania has been and will be the most constant and dedicated backer of Moldova for the country’s democratic transformation, for achieving the level of prosperity and security its citizens are willing and for its European integration,” the Romanian president added.
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Prime Minister Maia Sandu, in the beginning of a today’s cabinet meeting, unveiled information on the present situation in Otaci. She noted that the 5 July was the deadline for assessing the needs of the people who remained without dwellings and that, on 29 June, the food products provided for the families from Otaci, had reached the destination. “We assure the local residents of the government’s full support,” Maia Sandu stressed.   Before discussing the subjects on the agenda, Prime Minister Maia Sandu highlighted that the corruption schemes from the state’s institutions would be ceased and the people involved would be called to account. „What we find out in ministries, in agencies, at state enterprises are outrageous things. The state’s institutions have worked not in the interest of the state, but to concoct and implement all kinds of schemes, schemes of illegal enrichment of some personages, most of whom from the entourage of Plahotniuc. Their number is surprising. They are everywhere: in the energy system, in the medicines field, children’s nourishment, in transport, more specifically, in the aviation. Billions of lei were stolen through these schemes. These schemes will be stopped. You have seen that we ceased all privatizations. Those who were involved in the working out of these schemes must be imprisoned and we will do everything what the government must do, so that the law-enforcement bodies start working. Yet, it should be quite clear: not the cabinet is the one to open criminal files and go to court,” Maia Sandu said.       Also, the prime minister demanded the starting of an internal investigation against the head of the National Agency of Pre-Hospital Medical Assistance, Boris Golovin. “It seems that serious offences have been committed. The damage for the state is quite big,” Maia Sandu said. At the same time, the Prime Minister warned about the problem of monopolies from Moldova and asked the Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment Ministry to set up an inter-governmental commission for analyzing the monopoly on the export of nuts.      „I saw that investigations are made at the enterprises Metal Feros, Moldtelecom and Posta Moldovei (Moldova’s Post). I ask not to procrastinate the process. Also, I ask to create an inter-governmental commission due to investigate the monopoly on the export of nuts,” the prime minister noted.      At the cabinet meeting, the ministers were asked to check the expenses from the public institutions, made without contracts at the treasury, as well as the efficiency of the use of assets bought. In particular, the Interior Ministry was asked to verify the way the tents belonging to the General Inspectorate for Emergency Situations were used during the coup d’etat attempt from 8-14 June.      At the same time, starting from 2 July, a transparency line launched by the Sandu Government, will become functional. In this respect, citizens are urge to call the transparency line 022 250 110, where they will be able to report abuses. The transparency line will be available starting from Money till Friday, in the time interval 9:00-17:00.   Also, the Prime Minister appealed to business people, as well as civil servants, noting that it is necessary to create a predictable, fair, transparent environment for the good work of business in Moldova. Maia Sandu highlighted that the state must have intelligent, not at all excessive regulations, must provide fair access to all types of resources and openness for innovation. She also said that the business people must observe the law, pay the taxes according to the law, respect the consumers and employees.
28 June 2019
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Prime Minister Maia Sandu today had a meeting with Foreign Affairs Minister of Latvia Edgars Rinkēvičs. The Latvian minister congratulated the PM on managing to peacefully take over the governance. He noted that this was an important democratic achievement for Moldova.   Prime Minister Maia Sandu thanked for the support provided to Moldova by Latvia in the last years. “At present, we must clean the state’s institutions, edify strong and independent institutions and come up with results due to be felt by the citizens as quickly as possible, so that they are willing to remain at home,” Maia Sandu said.     As for the foreign policy dimension, the officials discussed the working out of an action plan for Moldova’s European integration. In terms of domestic affairs, the sides tackled the issue of local elections due in next October, with the Prime Minister giving guarantee that the ballot would be held transparently, freely and fairly.      Also, Maia Sandu referred to the actions the government was going to undertake to optimize the administrative system, fight the corruption phenomenon, as well as to investigate the bank fraud. “We will act responsibly to correct the errors of the former governance and, at the same time, protect the low-income people. The citizens support us in what we are doing now. We must not disappoint them and do our utmost to fulfill their expectations. Now they feel free and we will encourage the strengthening of democracy in continuation as well.”        For his part, Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs gave assurances that Latvia would continue backing and providing needed assistance to Moldova, in order to achieve the goal of the country’s European integration. 
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The biggest concerns of investors and economic agents from Moldova, as well as the measures needed for the development of the business environment were discussed by Prime Minister Maia Sandu with representatives of the European Business Association (EBA) and the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) today.   „Large-scale illegalities and fiscal evasion facts have taken place in Moldova during more years. I want to know what must change, so that you can get incomes legally, not have to look for gates to survive, so that we do not deceive each other. I want a sincere relation. I promise the government’s respect for the business people who work honestly,” the Prime Minister said.   Maia Sandu gave assurances that the present government had political will to improve the conditions of the business environment in the country. She noted that the private sector was the one staying at the basis of the improvement of the citizens’ living standards, through the creation of jobs, as well as increase in salaries.      During the discussion, the business environment’s representatives thanked the prime minister for the openness provided, noting that the predictability, political stability, as well as the potential of a country were the premises for the creation of an attractive investment climate.     In particular, the participants in the meeting tackled problems they are facing. Among them, there are the non-functional judicial system, defective legislative framework of the waste management, lack of reliability of the banking system, inefficiency of the education system, which does not provide the market with qualified staff, migration phenomenon, bureaucracy, existence of monopolies, lack of transparent procedures as to the food safety control, as well as the lack of openness on behalf of the local authorities and civil servants.       Prime Minister Maia Sandu reiterated the government’s support for the business environment which observes the law, employees and consumers. She said that, in the near future, the cabinet would present a plan of measures in which the most pressing problems of Moldova’s business environment will be prioritized. The plan will comprise a string of actions for the next months, which will contribute to the removal of the hindrances to the work of business in Moldova.      
27 June 2019
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Prime Minister Maia Sandu had a meeting with Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius on 27 June. Sandu expressed her gratitude for the support offered during the recent political crisis in Chisinau, as well as for the support in the European integration.   Linas Linkevičius reiterated that the visit of the Lithuanian delegation to Chisinau shows the great interest in the Republic of Moldova and the recent changes. The official said that expectations for the new government are high and concrete action is needed to remove Moldova from international isolation and unlock the financial assistance from the European Union. Other topics of primary interest were improving electoral law, ensuring an independent justice and free and apolitical media.   Linkevičius added that Lithuania is ready to assist Moldova in fighting corruption, implementing measures to prevent and combat money laundering and other important areas.   Sandu assured the European partners that there have never been discussions about federalization of Moldova, and the government's action plan will be based on the implementation of the Association Agreement with the EU. Meanwhile, Maia Sandu has agreed to the immediate need to ensure independent justice with professional judges and prosecutors to initiate a genuine asset recovery process, independent media and build effective and powerful institutions in the fight against corruption.   The premier also said that simultaneously strengthening and cleaning state institutions, it is important to help and protect people of socially vulnerable categories and combat poverty faced by a large number of citizens of the country.
26 June 2019
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Prime Minister Maia Sandu, at a meeting with the IMF mission today, said that there was political will in Chisinau needed to ensure the full cleaning of the state’s institutions from corrupt people, authentic reformation of justice and edification of efficient state structures in which the citizens have confidence.  „It is important that we have an independent and professional Prosecutor’s Office, which is to put an end to the corruption schemes, identify the persons involved in the fraud and to sanction all guilty people. We want to make sure that, no matter what happens on the political stage in the long run, the subordination of institutions to the political interests will no longer be possible,” Maia Sandu also said.         The head of the IMF mission, Ruben Atoyan, said that the International Monetary Fund had quite attentively monitored the situation in Moldova and that the Fund showed full openness to help Moldova. He stressed that the programme with IMF had been suspended as a result of the law on fiscal amnesty from 2018 and the legislative package on the fiscal reform.   The resumption of the negotiations with the International Monetary Fund and implementation of the provisions of the memorandum of economic and financial policies will allow Moldova receiving the last two installments of the financing programme on behalf of the Fund, worth about 66 million dollars. The authorities’ programme with IMF sees the maintenance of economic and financial stability through cleaning the financial sector, strengthening the framework of regulation and supervision, ensuring a bigger economic growth and sustainability of public money.     Economics Minister Vadim Branzan said that no money of the bank fraud had been recovered. He noted that, to be able to investigate this large-scale scheme, the leadership needs courageous people, ready to fight for cleaning the institutions from all schemes and all those involved in the fraud.       PM Maia Sandu also highlighted the need to back the low-income people. “In the last years, I have gone to almost all villages from Moldova. I saw much poverty. We must make sure that the people of this country will no longer pay for the corruption acts committed by certain interest groups,” the prime minister specified.      Attending the meeting were Finance Minister Natalia Gavrilita, Economics and Infrastructure Minister Vadim Branzan, Governor of the National Bank of Moldova Octavian Armasu and the adviser to the prime minister, Vlad Kulminski.     
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Over 100 representatives of non-governmental organizations today had a meeting with Prime Minister Maia Sandu. The participants in the event stressed the need of a close cooperation with the civil society, as a defining element of an efficient governance. „We want a sincere collaboration between the government and the civil society; we want this relation to be professional and to help us improve the quality of decisions and we want the communication platforms to be functional,” the prime minister said.   The participants in the consultative meeting highlighted the most pressing problems faced by the associative environment and made a string of recommendations needed for facilitating the civil society’s participation in the decision-making process. “We want you to become stronger, so that you are the basis of the democracy and help the governance improve its policies and decisions,” Maia Sandu also said.      At the meeting, civil society’s representatives stressed the need to ensure the enforcement of action plan of the civil society’s development strategy, to enhance the transparency in the decision-taking process, revise the law on the access to information and the law on personal data. Among the recommendations, they mentioned initiatives to include legal entities in the 2 % Law, to provide NGOs with rooms for carrying out their activity, as well as the development of social services for persons with disabilities.      In the end of the meeting, the prime minister proposed to work out an action plan, due to contain the idea of setting up a council of experts, as well as the creation of communities due to participate in the elaboration of public policies and government decisions.  
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The persons which have been left homeless as a result of the collapse of the block – of – flats in Otaci city, Ocnita district will receive the necessary financial resources to cover their damages and have a living place as soon as possible. Prime Minister, Maia Sandu, and Minister of Economy and Infrastructure, Vadim Branzan, have announced today that they paid a working visit to Otaci city.   The Prime Minister has said that the Government is searching solutions in the interest of 36 families which have no roof overhead, while the damage will be assessed shortly. "In 03 days, it will be assessed the damage of the collapsed block – of – flats and it will be allocated the needed financial resources. As for the adjacent block, we must first make the expertise of the building," said Premier Maia Sandu.   So as to unblock the situation, the specialists from the General Inspectorate for Emergency Situations (IGSU) and other specialised subdivisions within the Ministry of Interior Affairs (MAI) have started the necessary work immediately after the incident. According to head of IGSU, Mihail Harabagiu, the building is monitored 24/24 hours, while the demolition works will be started on 26 June. "I promise you that in 10 days the damaged block will be demolished. Then we shall make the expertise of the adjacent one. The assessment will be made for each family by market prices, and we have proposed to be 03 representatives of the tenants in the committee of evaluators," said Mihail Harabagiu.   Present on spot, Minister of Economy and Infrastructure, Vadim Branzan, has assured that he will make every effort to help the families that have suffered. "I assure you that MEI is on your side and we shall do everything in our power to help you overcome this moment," said Minister Branzan.   About 100 persons which have participated in the discussion expressed their gratitude to the ones involved in solving the incident. They hope that soon they will have places to stay and recover their damages.   Finally, Prime Minister Maia Sandu has reiterated that the Government will provide all the support to families in difficulty and find the best solutions.   On the evening of 19 June, it was damaged a 09 – floor block – of – flats in Otaci city, Ocnita district. The persons were evacuated before the incident occurred, so there were not registered any victims.
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